Recycled, Wearable Art

Ann Skydell Harmon believes that “recycling can be beautiful.” Originally conceived as a project for her art students and to promote recycling, her hand-made creations formed from recycled soda can tabs quickly became popular. Ann’s husband hand-selects each tab then washes, sands and polishes….for a lustrous finish. The tabs are crafted into unique bracelets, necklaces and earrings sometimes with various beads woven into the jewelry to add color and texture. The jewelry is light-weight and light-hearted, joyful and reflective. There are so many levels of meaning to Ann’s “wearable art.” You can show how much you care about the planet and be stylish while doing so. Being green is the new black, after all. Ann’s jewelry was included in the 2009 Emmy celebrity swag bags. She was recently awarded the Green America Seal of Approval, which honors companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. As a consumer, you know that businesses bearing this seal operate in ways that support workers, communities, and protect the environment. Ann-Made Art reminds us that a little creativity can put many discarded materials to new use and we’re all for that.

Ann-Made Art

Handcrafted Recycled Soda Tab Jewelry

Recycled, Wearable Art

Ann Skydell Harmon believes that “recycling can be beautiful.” Originally conceived as a project for her art students and to promote recycling, her hand-made creations formed from recycled soda can tabs quickly became popular. Ann’s husband hand-selects each tab then washes, sands and polishes….for a lustrous finish. The tabs are crafted into unique bracelets, necklaces and earrings sometimes with various beads woven into the jewelry to add color and texture. The jewelry is light-weight and light-hearted, joyful and reflective. There are so many levels of meaning to Ann’s “wearable art.” You can show how much you care about the planet and be stylish while doing so. Being green is the new black, after all. Ann’s jewelry was included in the 2009 Emmy celebrity swag bags. She was recently awarded the Green America Seal of Approval, which honors companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. As a consumer, you know that businesses bearing this seal operate in ways that support workers, communities, and protect the environment. Ann-Made Art reminds us that a little creativity can put many discarded materials to new use and we’re all for that.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ann
    Ann

    Hi everyone. My name is Ann Harmon and I just knew when creating this jewelry that we could take some simple, ordinary soda can tabs and create something beautiful with them. What I didn't know or expect was the incredible reaction we'd receive from customers, friends and the media. It's been overwhelming and very exciting! Not only does the jewelry elicit a lot of oohs and aahs, but we get to do some great things for the environment, including donating a portion of each sale to environmental causes.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    11/10/2009 12:23 PM

    This jewelry is very cool. It is eyecatching, but the clincher is when you realize what it is made of. Its a conversation starter and a statement maker, but its also really beautiful and fun. We love it!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 12:28 PM

    Hi Sara. So glad you like my environmental jewelry. It's definitely fun to wear and it's great to hear the comments from others when they see what it's made from. Mostly, people can't believe how beautiful we've been able to turn something very ordinary into.

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    11/10/2009 1:19 PM

    Great piece on your jewelry Ann! It's amazing the exposure that you've gotten recently - The Emmys, Jane Goodall, etc. That's fantastic. You must be beyond thrilled. I'm going to post it on my Facebook page for everyone to see! Mazel tov!!! Love ya', Rachel

  • Kate
    Kate
    11/10/2009 1:22 PM

    We faithfully save our soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald house. I've always wondered how they turn them into value. I love to see how something that would have been thrown out has value again. Thanks Grommet!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 1:24 PM

    Thanks Rachel for spreading the word. The excitement really grows as people find out cool this jewelry is. Plus they know that, in addition to recycling and being as environmentally conscious as a company can be, we also donate a portion of each sale to environmental causes.

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 1:38 PM

    Hi Kate. It always makes me happy to hear how many people are collecting tabs for non-profit groups. The amount of money they raise is simply astonishing. The local group that we work with normally turns in the tabs that they've collected to the aluminum recycler and are paid the going rate for aluminum. When we need tabs, we choose to buy them from this group at a much higher rate than they would receive from the recycler. This way, more can go to the charities that this group supports (children's medical research). It really is a win-win situation.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2009 1:42 PM

    My son's teacher is the teacher at his school who is the most eco-conscious and who incorporates the most environmental teachings into the school's curriculum. I think this would be a wonderful teacher gift that honors her dedication to recycling, while is still a beautiful gift.

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 1:52 PM

    You're right Katherine. These make great gifts for teachers. Being a former teacher I understand why other teachers are so taken with my jewelry. We are incredible problem-solvers and will always find a way to resuse materials. We are especially delighted when we see a really interesting solution.

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    11/10/2009 3:05 PM

    Wicked cool idea. This idea is going go far I can tell. Keep up the great work. I loved the video. I wish the business well and I plan to see it everywhere very soon. I bet everybody loves this idea. The jewelry is so versatile. I think I could wear it to a fancy dinner or to class or just around the house. Good luck!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 3:10 PM

    Thank you so much Jessica for all of your good wishes and I am so glad you like our jewelry. You're right! The jewelry looks good both with a jean jacket or something dressier. No matter what you wear, it just seems to go with it. Thanks again!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    11/10/2009 4:24 PM

    lovely repurposed art.....enjoy my bracelet a lot and get many compliments......

  • Darby
    Darby
    11/10/2009 4:51 PM

    I love your jewelry! It's really very elegant and people always comment on it when I wear it. It's like a walking conversation piece!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 6:03 PM

    Thanks so much everybody. I am so glad that our jewelry can be something fun and environmentally conscious at the same time.

  • Lindsay
    Lindsay
    11/10/2009 6:31 PM

    I still can't believe such a beautiful product can come from recycled materials. Seeing the process is truly amazing and I couldn't be more proud of my mom.

  • Dave
    Dave
    11/10/2009 6:33 PM

    Great idea! I have already bought 2 pieces to give to my girlfriend as Christmas gifts. She loves jewelry and the environment, so this couldn't be a better match.

  • Brendan
    Brendan
    11/10/2009 6:40 PM

    A fine piece of jewelry that combines art, fashion, and a great cause! I have bought the bracelets for both my sister and mother, now with the pendants and earrings I'll have even more variety when buying their gifts! Very excited to see what Ann- Made turns out in the future!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 7:24 PM

    Thanks Lindsay! I couldn't have done this without YOU! This has been a wonderful opportunity to work with my entire family!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 7:29 PM

    Guys seem to be especially drawn to this jewelry. The bracelets, pendants and earrings make gifts for their wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends and even the men's bracelet for themselves. Thanks to Dave and Brendan for thinking of the special women in their lives and giving them a piece of Ann-Made jewelry.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Ann-Made Art

Handcrafted Recycled Soda Tab Jewelry

Recycled, Wearable Art

Ann Skydell Harmon believes that “recycling can be beautiful.” Originally conceived as a project for her art students and to promote recycling, her hand-made creations formed from recycled soda can tabs quickly became popular. Ann’s husband hand-selects each tab then washes, sands and polishes….for a lustrous finish. The tabs are crafted into unique bracelets, necklaces and earrings sometimes with various beads woven into the jewelry to add color and texture. The jewelry is light-weight and light-hearted, joyful and reflective.

There are so many levels of meaning to Ann’s “wearable art.” You can show how much you care about the planet and be stylish while doing so. Being green is the new black, after all.

Ann’s jewelry was included in the 2009 Emmy celebrity swag bags. She was recently awarded the Green America Seal of Approval, which honors companies that are socially and environmentally responsible. As a consumer, you know that businesses bearing this seal operate in ways that support workers, communities, and protect the environment. Ann-Made Art reminds us that a little creativity can put many discarded materials to new use and we’re all for that.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ann
    Ann

    Hi everyone. My name is Ann Harmon and I just knew when creating this jewelry that we could take some simple, ordinary soda can tabs and create something beautiful with them. What I didn't know or expect was the incredible reaction we'd receive from customers, friends and the media. It's been overwhelming and very exciting! Not only does the jewelry elicit a lot of oohs and aahs, but we get to do some great things for the environment, including donating a portion of each sale to environmental causes.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    11/10/2009 12:23 PM

    This jewelry is very cool. It is eyecatching, but the clincher is when you realize what it is made of. Its a conversation starter and a statement maker, but its also really beautiful and fun. We love it!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 12:28 PM

    Hi Sara. So glad you like my environmental jewelry. It's definitely fun to wear and it's great to hear the comments from others when they see what it's made from. Mostly, people can't believe how beautiful we've been able to turn something very ordinary into.

  • Rachel
    Rachel
    11/10/2009 1:19 PM

    Great piece on your jewelry Ann! It's amazing the exposure that you've gotten recently - The Emmys, Jane Goodall, etc. That's fantastic. You must be beyond thrilled. I'm going to post it on my Facebook page for everyone to see! Mazel tov!!! Love ya', Rachel

  • Kate
    Kate
    11/10/2009 1:22 PM

    We faithfully save our soda can tabs for the Ronald McDonald house. I've always wondered how they turn them into value. I love to see how something that would have been thrown out has value again. Thanks Grommet!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 1:24 PM

    Thanks Rachel for spreading the word. The excitement really grows as people find out cool this jewelry is. Plus they know that, in addition to recycling and being as environmentally conscious as a company can be, we also donate a portion of each sale to environmental causes.

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 1:38 PM

    Hi Kate. It always makes me happy to hear how many people are collecting tabs for non-profit groups. The amount of money they raise is simply astonishing. The local group that we work with normally turns in the tabs that they've collected to the aluminum recycler and are paid the going rate for aluminum. When we need tabs, we choose to buy them from this group at a much higher rate than they would receive from the recycler. This way, more can go to the charities that this group supports (children's medical research). It really is a win-win situation.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/10/2009 1:42 PM

    My son's teacher is the teacher at his school who is the most eco-conscious and who incorporates the most environmental teachings into the school's curriculum. I think this would be a wonderful teacher gift that honors her dedication to recycling, while is still a beautiful gift.

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 1:52 PM

    You're right Katherine. These make great gifts for teachers. Being a former teacher I understand why other teachers are so taken with my jewelry. We are incredible problem-solvers and will always find a way to resuse materials. We are especially delighted when we see a really interesting solution.

  • Jessica
    Jessica
    11/10/2009 3:05 PM

    Wicked cool idea. This idea is going go far I can tell. Keep up the great work. I loved the video. I wish the business well and I plan to see it everywhere very soon. I bet everybody loves this idea. The jewelry is so versatile. I think I could wear it to a fancy dinner or to class or just around the house. Good luck!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 3:10 PM

    Thank you so much Jessica for all of your good wishes and I am so glad you like our jewelry. You're right! The jewelry looks good both with a jean jacket or something dressier. No matter what you wear, it just seems to go with it. Thanks again!

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    11/10/2009 4:24 PM

    lovely repurposed art.....enjoy my bracelet a lot and get many compliments......

  • Darby
    Darby
    11/10/2009 4:51 PM

    I love your jewelry! It's really very elegant and people always comment on it when I wear it. It's like a walking conversation piece!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 6:03 PM

    Thanks so much everybody. I am so glad that our jewelry can be something fun and environmentally conscious at the same time.

  • Lindsay
    Lindsay
    11/10/2009 6:31 PM

    I still can't believe such a beautiful product can come from recycled materials. Seeing the process is truly amazing and I couldn't be more proud of my mom.

  • Dave
    Dave
    11/10/2009 6:33 PM

    Great idea! I have already bought 2 pieces to give to my girlfriend as Christmas gifts. She loves jewelry and the environment, so this couldn't be a better match.

  • Brendan
    Brendan
    11/10/2009 6:40 PM

    A fine piece of jewelry that combines art, fashion, and a great cause! I have bought the bracelets for both my sister and mother, now with the pendants and earrings I'll have even more variety when buying their gifts! Very excited to see what Ann- Made turns out in the future!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 7:24 PM

    Thanks Lindsay! I couldn't have done this without YOU! This has been a wonderful opportunity to work with my entire family!

  • Ann
    Ann – Special Guest
    11/10/2009 7:29 PM

    Guys seem to be especially drawn to this jewelry. The bracelets, pendants and earrings make gifts for their wives, mothers, sisters, girlfriends and even the men's bracelet for themselves. Thanks to Dave and Brendan for thinking of the special women in their lives and giving them a piece of Ann-Made jewelry.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.